Barack Obama’s spiritual adviser sounds a lot like comedian Chris Rock, down to the lewd simulation he does of what Bill Clinton did to Monica Lewinsky and the black community, pelvic thrusts and all.
The genteel Obama is nothing like the Rev. Wright, except that they both appear to be overcompensating for not looking more like Kunta Kinte.
There’s another small something the two share: a philosophy. Obama and Wright share a belief system that revolves around the alleged “racial injustice in this country.” This pesky detail Obama fleshed out in “A More Perfect Union,” the profound—and profoundly disturbing—disquisition he delivered this week.
The senator began his address by cutting the American founding down to size. The Declaration of Independence, he informed us, was “stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery.” Individuals who never owned slaves were so stained as well. The stain was such that it has leapt across generations, from “the spring of 1787” to the spring of 2008, to mark America with an eternal Mark of Cain.
And I thought Jews had monopolized the market for collective and cross-generational guilt!
Seriously, my family tree was truncated by an event far more fatal than was slavery: the Holocaust. I do not carry this legacy with me. I blame only those who planned and executed the Final Solution, mostly long dead. Members of my family—and tribe—have never ascribed their misfortunes and misdeeds to that contemporary calamity. They own their personal failings.
Obama then blamed the “many … disparities that exist in the African-American community today,” on the “inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow.” The mission of his campaign, he emphasized, was to pick up where the civil war and the civil rights movement left off—Obama sees himself as continuing “the long march of those who came before [him].”
Race is like stigmata. And Obama plunged deep into those suppurating sores, intent on making white Americans welt-up and bleed at the mention of their alleged sins. To that end, he hammered home that he is “married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slaveowners—an inheritance we pass on to our two precious daughters.”
Whites of the liberal left will probably warm to Obama’s racial ramrodding. They consider themselves colorblind, celestial crusaders for justice on earth. White middle class Americans—not so much. They too have “precious” progeny. But Middle America’s sons (daughters less so) lose jobs and academic placements daily to privileged “minorities.” That’s the law of the land, Senator!
The dwindling white majority in this country knows all too well that it has ceded historical truth to the minority’s “history from below.” The same segment of America cowers in fear of the thing Obama’s grandma cannot mention without being labeled a racist by her own grandson: black crime.
Richly revealing was the way Obama tarred his maternal (white) grandma with the taint of racism because she “once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street,” among her other cardinal sins.
It is a fear rooted in fact, but Obama conflates it with racism. FBI and Justice surveys support poor grandma’s instincts. As Patrick J. Buchanan has written, “violent interracial assault, rape and murder [are] to be found not in the white community, but [in] the African-American community. In almost all interracial attacks, whites are the victims, not the victimizers.”
Obama gets away with conjecture—he saddles white America with black America’s woes. Grandma, however, has still not acquitted herself for expressing a visceral fear borne of the brutal reality of crime in this country.
From belittling Madelyn Dunham, his maternal grandma, Obama proceeded to build-up Wright. While conceding that “the remarks that have caused this recent firestorm weren’t simply controversial,” but were, rather, “wrong, distorted and divisive,” Obama went no further. This was feeble stuff. It was as though Wright’s words were not anchored in an all-encompassing racist worldview.
So allow me to complete the thought: It is not about what Wright said on this or the other day and whether Obama was in the pews at the time or not. It is not about Wright’s political messages. Some of the pastor’s political statements have a core of truth to them; others are pure fantasy.
This is about what Wright stands for with all his being, and whether the man he mentored holds the same white-loathing worldview.
How and why, Americans must ask themselves, did Obama become spiritually enmeshed with an impious pastor who hates white America.
©2008 By Ilana Mercer